Monday 25 January 2010

R.I.P. Apache (Flavor Unit)

R.I.P. Apache (Flavor Unit)

The Kool Skool are big fans of the Flavor Unit, you couldn't throw a party without his song Gangsta B***h

Stand out tracks for us are:
The 45 King & Louie Louie - Smooth Yet Hard (Feat. Lakim Shabazz, Apache (1989)
Naughty by Nature's song 1,2,3 featuring Lakim Shabazz and Apache (1991)

Some of the Flavor Unit
(From left)Back row: Apache, Treach (Naughty by Nature), Shakim Compere , Chill Rob G?
Front Row: Lakim Shabazz, Queen Latifah, Zhane?

Download the T.R.O.Y. blogs Apache mixtape here

Here is the AllHipHop News article:
"Flavor Unit emcee Apache, born Anthony Teaks, passed away today (January 22) after a protracted illness. As an original member of Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit, Apache first appeared on 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit and his best known single “Gangsta B**ch” peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart."

Shakim Compere, CEO and Co-Founder of Flavor Unit Records, remembered Apache:
“Without Apache there would have been no Queen Latifah, no Naughty By Nature, no Chill Rob G., no anything” Compere told “Apache was the string that tied all of Flavor Unit together. Without Apache none of this would be.”

Apache was one of the three original rappers in Flavor Unit, which also counted Queen Latifah and Latee as early group members. The rap crew consisted of groups or rappers like Lakim Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Chill Rob G., Naughty By Nature, Freddie Foxxx, Nikki D and Queen Latifah. Apache's appearances included collaborations with Naughty by Nature, Fat Joe, Tupac, and A Tribe Called Quest.

“That’s my g, r.i.p in peace big homie, you will be missed, shout out to his family Naughty by Nature, I just did a show with them, god bless,” - DJ Kid Capri

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest who produced for Apache posted this tribute via Twitter:
"R.I.P. To my brotha APACHE.. Together we made a dope lil hiphop joint... He was a real stand up dude..." - found here


Unknown said...

The picture cited above; the back row far right is Shakim Compere not Latee. However, this photo brings back a lot of memories. I thank you for that. - J. Gainey

The Kool Skool said...

Many thanks for the info. Massive fan of the Flavor Unit, the 1st Hip-Hop Clique! All the best!